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Director: Postgraduate Affairs

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DVC Research and PG Affairs
Job: IRC68016

The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Wits) aspires to be an increasingly research intensive university. Since postgraduate (PG) students play such a key role in the University's research capability it is important to ensure that their experience is intellectually stimulating, safe and free of administrative stresses. Thus the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC) for Research and PG Affairs requires the services of a senior Wits academic to oversee PG affairs.

The DVC Research and PG Affairs at Wits University invites suitably qualified and experienced applicants to apply for the position of Director for PG Affairs. This is a 50 to 70% position allowing the successful academic to continue with their scholarly pursuits.


The main purpose of this position is to:

  • Provide leadership at the University level in the domain of PG student affairs;
  • Co-ordinate and facilitate the PG experience[1] across the University;
  • Ensure a good PG education by setting standards, releasing administrative blockages and driving strategic initiatives;
  • Facilitate strategic discussions, on sourcing and allocating funds to postgraduate students, between the offices of Financial Aid and Scholarships (FASO) and the Development Funding Office (DFO).
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The purpose is also shaped by the fact that many of the professional and administrative functions necessary for a good PG experience, for example Student Enrolment Centre (SenC), Financial Aid and Scholarships Office (FASO), Centre for Learning, Teaching and Development (CLTD), Faculty Registrars, etc., are in place but report to a variety of management lines. Therefore, the emphasis of this position is to work with the existing structures so as to co-ordinate their activities and to ensure high levels of service excellence.


The successful candidate must have a PhD degree and hold the academic rank of Associate Professor or Professor at Wits. The successful candidate will also have a track record of successful PG student supervision.


It would be an added advantage if the candidate is:

  • An active member of Senate,
  • Involved in one or more University committees,
  • Accustomed to show leadership in the University,
  • Experienced in persuading existing professional and administrative functions within the University of the necessity to implement a selected strategy,
  • Experienced at working at the strategic level in the University sector,
  • Able to transcend disciplinary boundaries, for example (but not limited to) Humanities, Social Sciences, Health Sciences and Physical Sciences, by showing understanding of the complexities of each.

Remuneration and conditions of service:

This is a 50 to 70% post, to be negotiated, with the remaining time being spent doing normal scholarly activities in the successful candidate's normal School. This split of duties implies that the remuneration for the position will be jointly funded by the University Research Office and the School at the normal rate that the selected candidates is being paid. Other conditions of service will not change.

Informal inquires may be directed to Dr.

How To Apply

Closing Date: 27 October 2017

To Apply: Please submit a covering letter clearly indicating the post to which you are applying and a brief statement of vision for this position, a detailed CV with names, contact numbers and e-mail addresses of three referees should be submitted as follows;

Internal employees are invited to apply directly on Oracle by following the path: iWits /Self Service application/"Apply for a job"

The University is committed to employment equity. Preference may be given to appointable applicants from the underrepresented designated groups in terms of the relevant employment equity plans and policies of the University. The University retains the right not to make an appointment and to verify all information provided by candidates.

Please note that correspondence will only be entered into with shortlisted candidates. The University reserves the right not to make an appointment or to re-advertise.

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